International Students Prepare to arrive

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Prepare to arrive

Moving overseas to study is a life-changing and exciting decision and there are many important factors to consider. The JCU team are here to support you with advice and assistance so you can set yourself up for success.

Before you arrive

  • Arrange Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • Arrange international student visa and understand rules about working in Australia while you study
  • Arrange accommodation
  • Understand and budget for living costs and other expenses such as food, power bills, phone/internet, transport and entertainment - the Study in Australia website and Insider Guides Cost of Living Calculator provide useful information to help estimate your cost of living in Australia
  • Book your flight to ensure you will arrive at JCU in time to attend the compulsory International Student Orientation on Friday 12 February 2021.  Details are:  
    • Time: 9am to 1pm with lunch included
    • Cairns: Building A3, room 003
    • Townsville: Building 134, room 010
  • Airport transfer - if you would like free transport from the airport to your accommodation in Cairns or Townsville on your arrival, please contact the International Student Support team on internationalsupport@jcu.edu.au to arrange.
  • Find out what to pack and bring with you
  • Check out the useful links for new residents
  • Download and activate the Sonder app
  • Read the information from JCU Careers and Employment about working while you are studying

Further information
The JCU International Student Guide (PDF, 1918 KB) contains all the information you will need to make sure that you are well-prepared for your arrival overseas.